FCC May Permit Robocalls To Cell Phones -- If They Are Calling a Wrong Number
on their cell. See if they still wanna go through with this.
How Close Are We To Engineering the Climate?
This method is great because ships are already making bubbles in their wake. We just make it whiter with smaller bubbles. Basically raising the ocean albedo.
In the "What can possibly go wrong?" department, this method is far better than any of the other geoengineering proposals. And it's cheap.
Simply retrofitting existing large ships to produce smaller bubbles could reduce global temperature by 0.5C. If we want more cooling, we could float dedicated solar-powered bot ships that do nothing but cruise the equitorial seas making wake.
EFF: Apple's Dev Agreement Means No EFF Mobile App For iOS
Do you actually make a living selling those 99 cent apps on App Store? As in, you don't have another day job?
That's pretty hard. Very rare.
Saying the app store and its execution weren't a great revolution shows that you are totally ignorant of how software was made and sold only a few years ago. Small developers for software really didn't exist. Nobody pays for shareware, and making a living as a small dev was basically impossible. The app store basically recreated the hobby developer market, period, and brought it to a level of mainstream that was never attained by normal PCs.
That's not true at all. Small devs sold on their own website (and they still do). I bought all kinds of Windows software from small devs. A few examples of stuff I bought (there are many others but not all of them are still around):
They have trial versions they distribute on download sites like CNET download.com. If you like it you buy the full version. This model works. Yes there's piracy but if your program (let's not call it an app) is good and useful you'll get many paid buyers.
Ask Slashdot: High-Performance Laptop That Doesn't Overheat?
He probably does want a desktop but his boss heard that desktops are old and dying (Netcraft confirmed it), and mobile is the new revolution. Laptops are kinda mobile, right?
SpaceX One Step Closer To Launching Astronaut
but they only send up 3 people at a time to ISS. Seems like a waste. They should set up a lottery for an extra person or two, seems reasonable. I'll buy some tickets.
Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ
My hat's off to the murder victims. They had the guts and the courage of conviction to take on Islam. Let us honor these brave Frenchmen and their country.
My fellow Americans like to joke about French surrender and Googling French military victories ('no results found"). But that seems absurd to me because it's the French doing all the brave things while Americans cower in fear.
I do not see CNN or Fox News or Huffington Post or any other American paper taking on Islam. Politically correct cowardice is rampant in America, home of the chickens. American activists bravely take on Silicon Valley tech firms and Xbox gamers for misogyny while completely ignoring the Islamic treatment of women. That's like attacking a kid for playing with water balloons while ignoring the mafia guy next to him planting C4 car bombs. But I guess even cowards have to make themselves feel good by doing something... as long as there's no danger to themselves. Safety is important!
Bill Gates Endorses Water From Human Waste
The sun is going down.
Better make Bill Gates drink my piss
Toyota Opens Patents On Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology
when HP realized their webOS was going nowhere, they open sourced it to save a little face and gain a little goodwill, and then abandoned it.
It probably occurred to Toyota recently that hydrogen is not a good idea because:
1. hydrogen molecules are tiny and thus tend to leak out of everything
2. storing hydrogen is costly because of its low density (lowest in the universe) and the insanely cold temperatures required to liquify it
3. the chicken-and-egg problem of getting gas stations to carry it
According to the DC-X team (via Jerry Pournelle's blog) hydrogen is a very frustrating fuel to work with for reasons 1 and 2. Initially they were attracted to it for performance reasons (cryogenic fuel is the most powerful chemical rocket fuel in the universe) but after working with it for awhile came to the conclusion that kerosene/LOX was a far better choice from the standpoint of operational efficiency and cost. Lesson which SpaceX is using now to great effect.
In Daring Plan, Tomorrow SpaceX To Land a Rocket On Floating Platform
depends. But in the case of SpaceX merlins, a lot. They were designed with reusability in mind and also they don't throttle it up to max capacity for longevity. What exactly is a lot? Nobody knows, not even SpaceX. They'll know after they try it a few times. But a dozen reuse doesn't seem unreasonable at this stage.
Today most P-51 and Corsair owners don't use WEP (war emergency power) on their precious warbirds to save engine wear... same principle.
In Daring Plan, Tomorrow SpaceX To Land a Rocket On Floating Platform
delayed. Rocket launches get delayed often. If you're new to this, get used to it.
Stratolaunch does kind of makes sense from the delay perspective, if we're gonna aim at something like daily orbital launches in the future (although of course in this case, the delay wasn't weather-related). Jets are much more tolerant of bad weather than rockets, so being able to fly above the weather or move away from it is pretty appealing.
Writer: How My Mom Got Hacked
Clueless stupid person gets hit by virus. News at 11.
Now if you, as a knowledgeable person, want to help your clueless friends/relatives avoid this fate, install adware / adblockpro / flashblock on their computers. Nuke the ad system.
Writer: How My Mom Got Hacked
This was an article on NY Times. Capitalism = Bad. Socialism = Good. Got it?
Professor: Young People Are "Lost Generation" Who Can No Longer Fix Gadgets
Understandable given that 99% of engineering profs *are* men. Not interesting at all.
Now if he had that bias when talking about McDonald's fry cooks, that would be interesting. Because that sector is well diversified with a near 50-50 male/female distribution.
The Billionaires' Space Club
not gonna bother clicking any of the links. This guy is either incredibly ignorant and been living under a rock for the past few years, or his 401k is heavily vested in defense contractors. SpaceX is shaking the space launch industry to the very foundations and turning everything upside down. SpaceX is already cheaper than them (by a lot), but if the R program succeeds (we'll know in a few days), basically Elon will wipe out ULA and Ariannespace and there will be nothing left of them except for a few crumbs thrown at them by their buddies in government.
The Coming Decline of 'Made In China'
What country are you talking about? South Africa?
Science Cannot Prove the Existence of God
Not saying I agree with the WSJ editorial (which I haven't even bothered to read). However, there is one way for science to prove God exists. Holograms.
Scientists (real ones with physics degrees from prestigious universities, not the Christian science kind) are pretty close to proving that the universe is a simulation. Well if it's a simulation, who's doing the simulating, and who's watching it? Must be some entity that existed prior to the beginning of this universe and is outside it. Might as well call it God.
If this pans out, then the Copenhagen interpretation in quantum physics wins out over the many-worlds theory. Matter in this universe does not exist -- it remains a probability wave -- until it has been observed. Kind of like how in FPS games, pixels outside your monitor aren't rendered (to save GPU cycles) until you observe it.
Slashdot Asks: The Beanies Return; Who Deserves Recognition for 2014?
Anita Sarkeesian, for helping draw attention to undue harassment faced by women in the video game world?
Career feminist looking for social injustice and finding it in _______? How does that deserve special recognition? It's what they do. It would be shocking if she looked somewhere and *didn't* find any injustice... that might actually deserve some kind of an honesty award.
Yes she did receive rape and death threats and I do not think she deserved it, but guess what, they were just threats. There was no way in hell she was going to actually be raped or killed by these juvenile gamers (juvenile either literally or the 30 year old virgins who never moved out of their parents basement and are juvenile in all but age)
But if instead of taking on relatively harmless gaming nerdz, had she had taken on, oh let's say Islam -- in the name of whose religion millions of women are sexually maimed and sometimes outright killed each year -- I would say she deserved a big award. Because getting your vagina mutilated and your head bashed in with stones is so much worse than being objectified as a sex object in some video game. And because whereas gaming nerdz post rape and death threats on Twitter but have never actually carried one out to date (because they're virgins and wouldn't actually know how to rape a woman), Islam does actually rape and kill and behead women. Frequently.
The One Mistake Google Keeps Making
They did say that about cell phones, and they were right. Very few units were sold and they pretty much sucked for decades after being invented in the 1970's. Cell phones didn't become a mass-market success until the late 90's.
Google's problem isn't making great products that no one buys. If they were great then people will buy them. Their problem is making new stuff that has the potential to become great, but currently aren't because Google keeps underestimating the amount of development time needed.
Kudos to them for the pioneering effort, but please get a better grip on reality and please reign in your PR department. True driverless automated cars won't be ready this decade, if ever. Sergei and Larry will most likely be on Social Security when driverless cars dominate the road. As for Glass, it's pretty close to prime time except for one massive flaw which is battery life. New battery tech with 10x current battery life will be required, and who knows when that will be. Maybe this decade, maybe the next one.
Being Colder May Be Good For Your Health
if you're an obese American gulping down double cheeseburgers and driving a car to everywhere. However, the "obese American" phase of human evolution has only been going on for about 60 years or so.
What about the previous 2,000,000 years, how did these brown fats help the primitive man whose main problem was finding enough calories to eat?
AirAsia Flight Goes Missing Between Indonesia and Singapore
Now, when they say WOMEN, that's where there's an obvious sexist bias. Women's lives AREN'T worth more than men's.
History and evolution would say you're wrong.
After a disaster where a large percentage of your tribe/village are wiped out, who is more valuable among the survivors? Women capable of childbearing would be the most valuable, because you need to replace the dead people with new babies.
You can still see this in action today in endangered species management. Ask the wildlife experts which is more valuable, the male or female Siberian white tiger. Kill the male and you're killing one white tiger. Kill the female and you might be killing 5 or 6 (not only the cubs that won't be born in the future, but also existing cubs that depend on the mother for survival might die)